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process, while others are facing the same old spiders and crashes. the ap writes the obama administration had vastly improved shopping on health heah care.gov or the end of november and monday was the first day since it passed near the president will be at the white house today speaking about the health care law. we will have that live coverage later on c-span 3. [inaudible conversations] [inaudible conversations] [inaudible conversations] [inaudible conversations] [inaudible conversations] [inaudible conversations] [inaudible conversations] [inaudible conversations] [inaudible conversations] [inaudible conversations] [inaudible conversations] [inaudible conversations] [inaudible conversations] [inaudible conversations] [inaudible conversations] [inaudible conversations] [inaudible conversations] [inaudible conversations] >> to judiciary committee will come to order. without objection, shares authorized to declare recesses at any time. the chair welcomes the numbers of the audience who are here, that any man for who disrupt his meeting will be removed. presently, we do not have order in t
with interpreting them. the obama administration has ignored the carefully balanced separation of powers and unilaterally granted itself the extraconstitutional authority to amend laws and suspend enforcement. this raw assertion of authority those well beyond the executive presidentted to the and specifically violates the constitution's command that the care thatis to take the laws be faithfully executed. encroachment's into congress's sphere of power is not a transgression that should be taken lightly. as english historian edward gibbon's famously observed the romanthe follow empire, the principles of a free constitution are irrevocably lost when legislative power is dominated by executive. although the president's actions may not yet amount to the taking theowers over legislative power, they are certainly undermining the rule is at the center of our constitutional design. ,rom obamacare to immigration the current administration is picking and choosing which laws to enforce. conferstitution does not on the president the executive authority to disregard the powersion of unilaterally wait
dislikes it. the obama administration has been equally asserted in the round of domestic policy routinely making and runs around congress through broad claims. limits. president obama is the first president since richard nixon to ignore and enacted law simply because he disagrees with it. in place of the checks and balances established by the constitution, president obama has proclaimed that "i refuse to take no for an answer." and "where congress won't act, i will." throughout the obama presidency, we have seen a pattern. president obama circumvents congress when he does not get his way. for instance, while congress is currently debating how to reform our immigration laws, the president effectively and acted the dream act himself by ordering immigration officials to stop enforcing immigration laws against certain unlawful immigrants. when he couldn't get his preferred change to the no child left behind education law, he waived testing accountability provisions. when he objected to the work requirement, he granted waivers that are specifically forbidden by the statutory text. instead of w
measurement, president obama's administration has done more than any before to make israel more secure, including funding iron dome, which i saved untold -- which has saved untold lives by intercepting hundreds of rockets that might otherwise have struck schools, hospitals, or homes. deepening our day-to-day security on an ongoing basis. negotiating a new, long-term memorandum of understanding to lock in long-term military assistance for the future. providing access to the most sophisticated u.s. military technology, such as precision munitions, the f-35 joint strike fighter, the v-22 osprey. israel is the only country in the world to receive it from the united states. and engaging in extensive training and joint exercises in areas of special operations, missile defense, and search-and- rescue. unprecedented levels. these examples and a lot more should make crystal clear our commitment to preserve israel's qualitative military edge so that israel can defend itself by itself against any threat. and when israel, or if israel were to come under attack by terrorists on its borders or by an
flagrantly and dangerously unconstitutional. >> is quite a difficult question. the obama administration's office of legal counsel memo on this is quite strained so they are reaching for analogies and analysis that is quite unconvincing, i would say. >> mr. lazarus. >> i'm very, very far from an expert on these matters, but i would just offer one observation. why is, i do not really see the american citizenship issue in the case that the congressman congressman is referring to. if a nazi general happened to be an american citizen it would not alter the way we could do with him militarily. there are questions about the president's authority to implement a drone program. have a nextlly review on that. it has been effective militarily so that is a good thing. >> i will associate myself with professor turley's comments. thank you and i appreciate the opportunity to ask some questions here. helpoing to ask for your in answering what is the number one question i get at town hall meetings and people running up to me at the grocery store when i am back home in texas. they go something like this.
is it like to be a cabinet secretary in the obama administration? >> guest: as glen's reporting indicates, it's a signup for the duty is almost by definition accept a certain amount of frustration and disappointment. and particularly frustration and disappointment if you were one of the cab net officers that believed the storyline that president obama worked very hard. it was going to be a team of rival that captivated by doris goodwin's book on lincoln. and he was talking in ways that made us think there might be a revival of cabinet-based government. if so, that would have been a departure from the trend the last 50 years which increasingly centralized it. it turned out he didn't have in mind a departure. in fact it's the most centralized in to my mind insulated west wing since the nixon years. and as we have done the new chief of staff has tried to moderate that a little bit. he's been aggressive in outreach and make the cab innocent members feel more enlisted. they're not enlisted. they have an ton my and ev
with great effect bit obama administration. this includes stuart levy at treasury and his successors with other officials at treasury. if you think about the global coalition, that has crippled the iranian economy, and the geopolitical significance of that coalition, and that that coalition has been created and has endured for seven 1/2 years to the, to reach to the present moment, that's an extraordinaire bipartisan accomplishment that i think has received very little notice and many of the critics today were the critics of the initial move in the spring of 06. it is worthwhile to remember how much bipartisan work and work by professional bureaucrats has been involved in erecting the coalition we have today as we contemplate what diplomacy we need to sustain it and sustain the momentum behind it. >> let me ask you. so let me ask you, what do you make of the criticism today from democrats in congress, chuck schumer, from israel and others and, michelle also, and what do you think are the prospects for a long-term deal? >> i'll be glad to start and michelle can help me with understand
the obama administration. so, this is a game that the republicans have played to do everything they can to make obama a failed president, and they are not doing that. he's a very successful president. he has a long list of things he's done in spite of the republicans. so i don't know the point my friend is trying to make, but let's approve all these. they are all going to get approved anyway. so what we're going to do is go through this process. remember -- remember -- i don't know if he's still here. no, he's not here. i saw my friend, the senator from arkansas come through here. he helped, along with the senators whose idea it was, from tennessee, because senator frist was the leader. he backed off that, and i understand why, when we had this nuclear option came up before, the constitutional option. there was an agreement made by my republican colleagues that they would not filibuster a judge unless there were extraordinary circumstances. does anyone understand, does anyone not understand why the whole country is upset about this, extraordinary circumstances, look at these circuit cou
leadership, collaboration in this effort, and to all colleagues in the obama administration, all of whom the president, most of whom, many of whom the president named, grateful to you for being here, being a part of this, and i thank the president for convening this really rather remarkable group of leaders, activists on this challenging and monumental issue. the president's commitment and his follow-through and his fundmental belief in the possibility of an aids-free generation and hard work of you combines to put that extraordinary goal within our grasp. amazing as it may seem. i want to thank my colleague, sebelius, for her tremendous leadership in hhs and our leader of aid on the front lines helping to make sure that this gets implemented, and all of you who have been so critical to being able to bring us to where we are, i might remark that the hiv is really the work within hhs on hiv, really set the gold standards for the world, makes me verying very proud of that. i'm also glad that deborah and julia martin and john from the state department are all here. they are leading our effo
, but the obama administration's office of legal counsel memo on this was certainly quite strained so they are reaching for allergies and analyst is that is quite unconvincing i would say. >> i am very far from an expert on these matters. but i would just offer one observation and that is i don't really see why the american citizenship the congress is referring to is all that significant. iit cannotif he knocked the genl happened to be an american citizen and wouldn't alter the way that we could deal with them militarily but they are awaiting questions about the president's authority to implement the drone program. i don't have an expert view on that. >> it's been very effective militarily so that is a good thing. >> i will just associate myself with professor turley blank testimony. >> the chair will now recognize another gentleman from texas. >> thank you very much mr. chairman. i appreciate the opportunity to ask some questions here. i'm going to ask for your help in answering what is probably the number one question that i get at the town hall meetings and people running up to me
the administration took this action, president george w. bush secretary concord the obama administration to delay the mandate was wise. that was based on his experience in phasing in the medicare part d. prescription drug benefit. i have to say hyperventilating about an extraordinary and unprecedented constitutional these delays are is just that. it's contrary to the obvious historical fact. nor is the delay of the employer mandate on the front of the constitution. the framers could have prescribed to m believe that the president execute so why do they have faithfully and take care and i would have to disagree with professor rosenkranz and turley about their explanation of this in the original meaning of the clause. they were taking pains to clarify the president's duty is to implement the law in good faith and to exercise reasonable care with the word take care in doing so. the fact is that scholars on both left and right can' concors broadly worded phase to handle with fidelity to all including indeed the constitution. as a legal and practical matter, the president's phase in of the employer ma
at 1:15 p.m. patrick leahy of vermont talks about the obama administration's policies on human rights as well as future congressional action. he will appear at the second annual human rights. the event coincides with the 55th anniversary of the signing of the universal declaration of human rights. that was adopted by the u.n. general a summit on december 10, 1948. that event gets underway at 115 eastern on c-span2. [inaudible conversations] [inaudible conversations] [inaudible conversations] [inaudible conversations] [inaudible conversations] [inaudible conversations] [inaudible conversations] [inaudible conversations] >> lives once again from pew charitable trusts here in washington as we await remarks, secretary lew. you will discuss implications of the dodd-frank financial regulations law. a couple of stories from "the associated press." a number of americans applying for unemployment benefits tumbled last week, 20,000, to 298,000 nearly a six-year low. it shows companies are laying off fewer workers. applications have fallen in seven of the past eight weeks. a hopeful sign for job
. a senior administration official in the current obama administration told us last week, he said i've been incredibly impressed by the judgment and care that you would expect from a great news organization. and, finally, a senior whitehall official at the heart of these stories on september 9, i have not seen anything you have published to date which is risked lives. so there are different views about this and i listened with respect to the give you have given, but i don't -- >> but you disagree with an? >> it's not that i disagree. it's impossible to assess because no one is give me specific evidence. >> the real criticism is that the information you contains the names of individual sector the officers and this has been sent around the world, sometimes pay for by "the guardian," and these names are of our security officers, people who were there to protect our country. that's what you damaged the country, because others who don't have security clearance have been able to read these names, know who they are, possibly know where they live. that is the damage that they allege you have done.
and who's job it was to lobby with congress and i met with somebody from the obama administration exactly twice in three years and i do think it is the president's duty to engage. i have a question on that, but i'm out of time. i do think there's a disappointed with the president not being engaged. >> they are concerned about the executive power. when the executive is a republican. >> each party needs to care about these issues a lot more when they are owned, someone from their own party occupies the white house. >> my time is expired. i will give it back to you or your. >> thto. >> the chair will recognize the gentleman from tennessee. >> i have missed some of this hearing although i caught some of it on the magic of video television. i was interested in the gentleman that mentioned the possibility of impeachment. is that accurate? >> i can't remember if i brought that up. >> what context would you have brought that up? spit in response to a question. i'm not sure if i did or -- >> can someone on the panel refresh his memory? >> i think i brought up a constitutional amendment convention.
and for your cooperation in this effort. thank you to all of our distinguished colleagues in the obama administration. you, the president named, we are grateful to you. i think -- i think the president for convening this remarkable group of leaders and activists on this challenging, monumental issue. the president's commitment and his follow through and his fundamental belief in the possibility of an aids free generation -- and the hard work of so many of you, have all combined to put that extraordinary goal with in our grasp. amazing as that may seem. i want to thank my colleagues, secretary kathleen sebelius for her tremendous leadership. hours distinguished leader of a id who is on the lines to make sure that this gets implemented. , who are sof you critical to bring us to where we are. i would like to remark that hiv -- it has seths the gold standard for the world. i am very proud of it. deborah and julia from the state department are here. they are leading our efforts to implement the blueprint and writing a brand-new chapter in the president's fight against aids. i also want to s
we have good relations with both parties and the obama administration. we're now cooperating in things like education, technology, we are, for example, we are connecting every single municipality colombia with broad band and fiberoptics. it's going to be the first country that is completely connected in latin america. how can we use that infrastructure, technology, to better combat poverty. you have the know how and the software industries. and there we can really create a lot of synergies. so i come here full of optimism and full of good intentions that are becoming realities. the social indicators i'm not saying it's a human development program of oxford university saying that colombia should have a replicated but i'm proud that this is happening in my country. and that's the success story i wanted to share with you. thank you. [applause] >> thank you. we have lots of questions on loss of topics. starting out the u.s. had to limit the military presence in south america due to sequestration and prioritizing the pacific. how concerned are you about the this especially for dru
income. that is the 80th percentile nationally. the obama administration which i worked 10 extended the higher education tax benefits for -- markedly and i think that is then a laudable accomplishment but it also increased the income level at which people can get an american opportunity tax credit formerly hope all the way up to $80,000 away from the 80th percentile to the 95th percentile. why are we providing tax benefits and that some $7 billion a year to folks in the top income quintile. why is it that mitt romney -- i have three, 529's but why can mitt romney get tax benefits attached to it when he is students need of pell grants? closer to an attack site but i think there are others in the committee's jurisdiction. >> that is an interesting concept and we may follow up with you. the other is financial incentives to borrowers that have ffel loans to get them to convert their debt to a direct loan on that basis. have you worked out specifics as to how you think that program would work? >> actually the department of education administered a small similar program that allowed borro
the obama administration's policy on human rights as was future congressional action. he will appear at the second annual human rights summit hosted by the group human rights first. >> friday on c-span "washington journal" looks at the mission and role of the national institutes of health. starting live at 730 am eastern. >> all with your calls and comments live on c-span. >> as you walk in the our tables out in front with lots of pamphlets, prior to entering the country. the pamphlets are how the government is trying to take away your right to own guns, the government is doing this and obama is doing that and obamacare's table. so those with the kind i wanted to talk to because those with guys with the leaflets, the ideas. so i said -- i said i'm an academic. i'm research and funding research on these organizations t,these ideas and trying to understand the guys. and i study men who believe this stuff. and a bunch of them looked at me suspiciously and said, so to ask questions but and i just had look, here's what i am. i don't get it. but here's my job. i want to understand you guys
by the pew charitable trust. he also said the obama administration would press for globalmprehensive integration at an upcoming g-20 summit. >> good morning, everyone, and thank you for joining us for this very special event. a little housekeeping before i get started. his secretary luis finished remarks, if you could stay seated until he is through, we would appreciate it. he has a very tight schedule. we are very honored to be hosting jack lew. this event is a tribute to the pew charitable trust, which under the steady hand of our president has become a major and influential voice on many of the toughest issues confronting society today. throughout its 65 year history, pew has remained faith 02 the -- faithfulciples to the guiding principles of its founder. be it health care, the environment, economic mobility or democratic processes, pew has spoken truth to power to improve the lives of millions of people throughout the world. and of course, almost two years cfa pew, along with the institute founded a nonpartisan group of policy experts and former regulators which has sought to gi
, the united states, that is not the leadership i expect of my government. the clinton, bush, and obama administration is isolating the united states on this issue. i ask what kind of message is this sending the rest of the world in this lack of he leadership? we ought to sign it. we spend hundreds of millions of dollars removing the land mines and use the leahy funds to help land mine victims around the world. what are we afraid of? we have another law that says we cannot export land mines. let's so the courage. it only take as little bit to go for it and sign the treaty like every ally of ours has done. is that so difficult? let me tell you in conclusion. on november 22nd, remember the great loss this country suffered 50 years ago when kennedy was assassinated. i remember my wife being a young law student and watching the hundreds of thousands of people going down and it was so silent you could hear the drums when the band left and you can hear the lights in the street lights change. and i have been thinking about that a lot in the last few days. we have talked about it and what it fe
very good relations with the obama administration and working very well. both sides. it's been a win-win situation and we are now cooperating in things like education and technology. for example, we are connecting every single -- with broadband in fiber optics. this will be the first country that will be completely connected in latin america. how can we use that infrastructure and technology to better combat poverty, to take the benefits of technology. those are the types of challenges that the u.s. could help us a lot. you have the know-how. you have the universities. you have the software industries and there we can really create a lot of synergies. so, i come here full of optimism and full of good intentions, good intentions that are becoming realities. the facts are there. i don't say the international monetary fund says colombia's one of the best performing in the world and the social indicators. i'm not saying it. it's the human development or graham of oxford university that assaying colombia has a model that should be replicated worldwide. i am proud that this is happening in
by the pew charitable trust, secretary said the obama administration would press for more comprehensive global financial regulation in up coming g20 summit in australia. >> good morning everyone and thank you so much for joining us for this very special event. little housekeeping before i get started. please once secretary lew finish his remarks, stay seated. @&c"pe hosting this 76th secretary of the united states treasury jack lew. it has become a major influential voice on many of the toughest issues confronting society today. throughout 65 year history, pew has remain faithful to the guiding principle. tell the truth, and trust the people. be it healthcare, be it environment, economic mobility, pew has spoken truth to power to improve the lives of millions of people throughout the world. of course almost two years ago, pew along with the c.f.a. institute cofounded the council. which sought to give voice to the people's interest. i'm particularly pleased secretary lew will be speaking this morning on the importance of completing the financial reform. secretary lew came to the job as a
to iran, sending a signal that they're not crazy about the interim deal the obama administration signed on to. another thing to watch for really quickly is the farm bill. negotiators are still trying to reach an agreement on a farm bill. if they can't get a deal, they're going to have to at least extend existing farm spending, so that's something that could be done. and finally, the senate's here for an extra week, they're going to be looking at a lot of nominations, particularly after the filibuster changes that senate democrats rammed through. among the big nominees are the new chairwoman of the federal reserve, janet yellen. >> host: and one more question for you. a number of articles in the last couple of weeks have suggested this is the most unproductive congress ever. why is this it so hard to get anything done on capitol ill? >> guest: well, it's divided government. you've got the senate run by democrats, the house run by republicans. whenever you have that situation, it's tough to get anything done. in addition, in the republican conference you have a situation where leadership
,000 centrifuges. want to do that again? to leverage the obama administration has managed to put in place to balance out will also be lost without the iranians getting any concessions. >> john, do you want to jump into this? >> very briefly. i find many of these critiques, not yours of course, barbara, but many of these critiques about is protectable as a clarence thomas supreme court decision. mac when you know what -- [laughter] you and i could write these things. in terms of, the assumption line behind them, is often, well, you can't trust them. look at -- they will cheat. they will cheat. well, i would say only this. that if we and the iranians could never agree on anything, then what about what we agreed on in afghanistan? in 2001, 2002, with the same team, with the same team. are what we agreed on back in 1991, again with largely the same, about the lebanon hostages? or something that affects me personally. if we and the iranians could never agree on anything at all, then i and 51 of my colleagues would still be in tehran. spin i'm going to ask one question that i'm going to opened
's not the leadership i expect my government. clinton, the george w. bush in the obama administration have not joined an isolated this issue. i asked what kind of message to this than the rest of the world and this lack of leadership. we had to just sign it. we spend hundreds of millions of dollars are moving landmines around the world. we as the leahy war victims fund to help landmines that comes around the world. what are we afraid of? we have another leahy law that says we can export landmines. it only takes a little bit to go forward and signed a treaty like everyone of our our allies has done. is that so difficult? conclusion, let me tell you another number 22nd, remember the great laws this country suffered 50 years ago when president kennedy was assassinated. as i drove down here, remember my wife and i as a young law student standing right here on this corner, watching hundreds of thousands of people on the street. it was so silent you could hear the drums when the cortÈge left the white house. you could actually hear the click in the street that says they changed and you could hear the hors
so far in the overall foreign policy challenges that the obama administration faces. after that, the center for public integrity talking about financial disclosure requirements for state supreme court judges. then, a discussion about genetically modified foods with new york university professor mary ann nestle. it will also look for your reaction, as always, by phone, e-mail, and twitter. live every day at 7:00 a.m. eastern on c-span. >> the white house has president obama and the first lady will go to south africa next week to pay their respects to the memory of the late nelson mandela. also on friday, former secretary of state hillary clinton talked about the former south african president's legacy. here is some of what she said. >> we meet on that day after the loss of a giant among us, someone who, by the power of his example, demonstrated that unequivocally how each of us can choose how we will respond to those in justice's and grievances, those sorrows and tragedy's that afflict all of humankind. nelson mandela will be remembered for many things. he will be, certainly, rem
of state john kerry's tenure so far. and the challenges the obama administration faces. after that, the center for public integrity. she talks about financial requirements for state supreme court judges. foods etically modified with marian nestle. look for your reaction by phone, e-mail, and twitter. washington journal, live every day at 7:00 a.m. eastern on c-span. >> i am a combat vet. seven d in the navy for years before i was medically retired. i contracted a lung disease. i crushed both of my hands, parts of my hands and had to have my hands rebuilt. i'm 100% disabled. i can no longer work. my life expectancy is down to three years. is my primary care giver. i don't need anything from the v.a. longer. my complicated claim took four years to adjudicate, not once in i ever r years did present one single piece of new evidence. he entire claim was submitted fully developed in its entirety before i was even discharged from the navy. i'm here not to represent my claim or my issues. my husband and i are here to make sure that this panel and listen ryone that will to us will understan
, andrge obama, the administration has not joined and have not joined and has isolated the united states on this issue, and i asked what kind of message this worldto the rest of the in this lack of leadership. we ought to just sign it. we spend hundreds of millions of dollars in move -- in removing landmines around the world. helpe the leahy fund to landmine victims around the world. what are we afraid of? leahy lawhave another that says we cannot export land mines? let's show the courage. it only takes a little bit, to go for it and sign the treaty, like every one of our allies has done. is that so difficult? now, in conclusion, let me tell you, on november 22, we remember the great losses entry suffered 50 years ago when president kennedy was assassinated. as i drove down here, i , as aered my wife and i young law student, watching the cortes go by, hundreds of thousands of people on this street. it was so silent, you could hear rums when the cortÈge left the white house, that far way. you could hear the clicks in the street like when they change. you could hear the horses and up drum
up in some of hat trustworthy and honest figure. it's a huge problem again. because president obama has made uch an issue of his administration's competence. e called the predecessors not in so many words, but incompetent. he came to office and very ledged he's not ideological. that's debatable, obviously. ut the competence in getting things done is what he wanted to be known for. and what senator santorum is is true, for one the , the back end of health care system, we're going have to wait and see. there's still bad data coming it. of and it races basic questions about, again, is management listening to.s is it time for new people? attention to implementing policies that he's present.rd to that's where his interest lies, ot in the day-to-day functioning of government. but in the -- in the policies and the politics of passing them themselves. >> showed our viewers clips of ick santorum, former senior white house advisor david plouffe was on abc's this week about whether ng people trust the president. here's what he had to say. >> shut down everybody government.in but let's go to th
government. clinton and george w. bush and the obama of the administration have not joint this issue. i ask what kind of message does this sent the rest of so world with no lack of leadership? we should just sign that we spend hundreds of billions of dollars removing the land mines we use the leahy war victims fund to help victims around the world what are be afraid of? we have another they he law that we cannot export them to show courage only takes a little bit like every one of our allies. is that so difficult? on november 22nd to the great loss this country suffered when kennedy was assassinated. standing right out here at this quarter hundreds of thousands of people on the street yet was so silent you could hear the drones. you could hear the click you could hear the street lights as they changed and the drums of the horses as they came up pennsylvania avenue. i have been thinking about that a lot and what it felt like as the two youngsters still in the year i thought of what kennedy said of the memorable inaugural address to permit the slow undoing the human-rights to which we are com
? >> it is a huge problem because president obama has made such an issue of his administration's confidence. he called his predecessors in competent, and not so many words. he came into office and it knowledged recently he is -- he is not very ideological. that is debatable, but the confidence of getting things done is going to be what he wanted to be known for. what rick santorum is talking about is true. the backend of the health-care system, we will have to wait and see. there is a lot of data data still coming out of it. it raises basic questions about his management style, who he is listening to, is it time for people, and his attention to implementing policies he has worked hard to present. that is clearly where his interest lies. not in the day-to-day functioning of government, but in the policies and politics. >> we showed our viewers rick santorum. talking about whether people trust the president, here is a bit of what he had to say. >> is has been a tough patch. not just health care. the shutdown affected everybody. let's fast-forward. health care working better, people signing up, ho
here. this is the first time administrator mccarthy has spoken here at cap, and we are excited to have her here. president obama released the climate action plan. we at cap applaud the effort and recognize its critical goals. it is critical for the u.s. and the world that we embark on this effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to prepare the united states for the impacts of climate change, and to lead this international effort to combat climate change. we believe these efforts will ensure the u.s. grows economically, will create jobs, and will also meet the important challenge of reducing -- reduction in greenhouse gas admissions by 17% by 2020. we hope this event today highlights the importance of china as a key partner. combating global climate change is not something that the u.s. should tackle on its own. that is why we are excited about this u.s.-china engagement. we have been able to see firsthand that the epa is doing amazing work there on environmental production and climate change. many americans do not recognize the critical role that is already playing. everyone in china
legislation sanctioning iran is added to the bill. the administration is doing everything it can to prevent congress from doing that, but a lot of members are still interested in adding sanctions, sending signals they are not interested in the deal obama wants to sign onto. also the farm bill. negotiators are trying to reach an agreement. if they cannot get a deal, they will have to at least extend existing spending so that is something that can be done. the senate is here for an extra week. they will look at a lot of nominations, particularly after the filibuster changes that democrats rammed through a few weeks ago. among the big nominees to watch for are the new chairwoman of the federal reserve, janet yellen. host: a number of articles in the last couple of weeks have suggested that this is the most unproductive covers ever. why has this year been so hard to get into and out on capitol hill? guest: it is divided government. the senate is run by the cuts come at the house are republicans. whenever you have that, it is tough to get it enough. in the republican conference you have a situat
of chicago. she went from there to serve in president clinton's administration in several roles and then she went back to teaching at harvard and was subsequently named as dean of harvard law school, first female dean of the law school there. in 2009, president obama nominated her for solicitor general of the united states and she served in that office for a year and was then nominated as an associate justice of the supreme court. she took that position in 2010 and filled the vacancy of justice john paul stevens who, after his retirement, was our last lecturer here at the law school. those are the vital statistics. i want to tell you something personal about her and i brought this along so i could read it. this year in "time," she was named as one of their 100 most influential people in the world. i want to read to you what they had to say about our speaker today. "elena kagan the persuader. a lot of people like to talk about the swing court but every supreme court justice has one vote to cast and eight colleagues. what makes a justice particularly influential is the ability to persuade the
with interpreting them. the obama administration has the war the constitution carefully balanced separation of powers and unilaterally granted itself the extra constitutional authority to amend the laws and to waive or suspend this raw assertion of authority goes well beyond the executive power granted to the president didn't specifically violates the constitution's command that the president has to take care of the laws be faithfully executed. the president's encroachment into congress to spirit power is not a transgression that should be taken lightly. as english historian, edward gibbens, famously observed regarding the fall of the roman empire, the principles of a free constitution are we probably lost when the legislative power is dominated by the executive. although the president's actions may not get them out to the executive powers overtaking the legislative power, they are certainly undermining the rule of law that is at the center of our constitutional design. from obamacare to immigration, the current administration is picking and choosing which laws to an oars. the constitution
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